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November 2011 - Posts

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Please Let My Patients Feed Themselves
by Toni Patt
Nearly every time I walk down the hall during lunch, I'll see at least one family member feeding a patient. I know the family members mean well. They just want help. Helping someone eat seems to be an obvious way to feel useful. In actuality it does just Read More...
Unintended Consequences
by Toni Patt
Last week, Congresswoman Giffords went on national television and spoke about her ordeal. What she did took a lot of courage. She gave the public a look into the scary world of brain injury. By speaking candidly, she gave hope to the victims and families Read More...
What Outcomes Should We Measure?
by Toni Patt
My student and I were talking about outcome measures. Naturally the ICF model came up because it attempts to define disability. The ICF divides tests and measures into three categories: body function and structure, activities and participation. To properly Read More...
The Cost of Rehab
by Toni Patt
I recently learned that my facility isn't as generous as I first thought. I've previously said we will admit patients to our rehab unit with or without insurance. I knew those patients were sent bills for their stays. A few days ago, I learned those bills Read More...
The Problem with Scooters
by Toni Patt
I'm not a fan of electric scooters. In my mind, they've gone from a mobility option to a passive enabler. That doesn't mean there aren't people who benefit from them. They're a Godsend for elders residing in assisted-living facilities where the dining Read More...


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